CHANGE: August 2, Crow Butte State Park to Umatilla*****
Also, there was a mistake on some press releases.
Should read: August 1 Rock Creek to Crow Butte State Park
Return to the Columbia River
The Puyallup Tribe's Spuyalupabs
Canoe Family will return the cedar canoe tradition to the Columbia
River during the Paddle to Pendleton July 29 to August 6. They
will paddle a 111 mile stretch of the Columbia River from Celilo Village
to Wallula Junction on their way to the Huckleberry Feast at
Indian Lake on the Umatilla Reservation. This
will mark the first time in about 70 years that cedar canoes have journeyed
on the Columbia.
The Paddle to Pendleton
follows a renewed and growing tradition of Cedar Canoe Cultures. Beginning
in 1989 with the Paddle to Seattle (from LaPush), to the 1993
Paddle to Bella Bella, to the 1995 and 1996 Full Circle Paddle,
1997 Tribal Journeys/Paddle to LaPush, 1998 Power
Paddle to Puyallup and the 1999 Paddle to Ahouset.
"We are very excited about
bringing our canoe and the tradition it carries to the Columbia River"
says Connie McCloud Cultural Coordinator of the Puyallup Tribal Health
Authority and Captain of the Spuyalupabs Canoe Family. "The
Spuyalupabs Canoe Family seeks to return to others the support
and teachings of the canoe that were offered to us as we began retracing
the path of our ancestors; and to maintain a safe, healthy, drug and
alcohol free environment for our youth, families and community. It is
our intent to offer a meaningful cultural and spiritual journey for
all whom join us."
Other canoe groups from Western
Washington and Canada are expected to join after the Tribal Journeys
- "In the Spirit of Our Ancestors" paddle ends on July
30th from Vancouver Island. The Paddle to Pendleton will also
coincide with the Jammin' for Salmon concert at the Wild Horse
Casino on Friday August 4th.
to Pendleton Schedule:
Arrive in Celilo
July 30 Day in Celilo
July 31 Celilo to Rock Creek - 27 Miles
August 1 Rock Creek to Crow Butte State Park - 33 Miles
August 2 Crow Butte State Park to Umatilla*
- 29 Miles
to Wallula Junction - 22 Miles
August 4*-6 Huckleberry Feast - Indian Lake, Umatilla Reservation
*August 4 "Jammin' for Salmon" Wild Horse Casino